Leave a Light On (Belinda Carlisle song)

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"Leave a Light On"
Single by Belinda Carlisle
from the album Runaway Horses
ReleasedSeptember 25, 1989
FormatCD, 7", 12"
Length4:15 (Single Edit)
4:38 (Album Version)
LabelMCA, Virgin
Songwriter(s)Rick Nowels, Ellen Shipley
Producer(s)Rick Nowels
Belinda Carlisle singles chronology
"Love Never Dies"
"Leave a Light On"
"La Luna"

"Leave a Light On" is a pop song written by Rick Nowels and Ellen Shipley, produced by Nowels for Belinda Carlisle's third solo album Runaway Horses (1989).

The single narrowly missed the top ten in the US peaking at number 11. It fared much better elsewhere, reaching the top five in several countries, including Australia, Austria, Canada, Ireland, and the United Kingdom.


Released as the album's first single at the end of 1989 - as a CD single, 7" single and a 12" single - "Leave a Light On" became a top-ten hit in Australia, Austria, Canada, the Netherlands, Italy, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. In the United States, "Leave a Light On" peaked at number 11, affording Carlisle her final US top-twenty hit.

"Leave a Light On" features George Harrison on slide guitar; Carlisle recalls: "Rick [Nowels] said we should get someone cool and with a distinctive style to play the lead guitar part. I thought for a moment and said 'What about George Harrison?' I had met George briefly a few years earlier in San Remo Italy and Morgan [Mason, Carlisle's husband] through his work on Sex Lies and Videotape" - a film Mason had produced for Harrison's HandMade Films - "knew someone who was close to [Harrison] and able to get word to him. George responded right away, saying he'd love to help out."[1]

The single can be heard in a 1991 episode of the TV sitcom Out of This World entitled "I Want My Evie TV".

There are four versions of the song: The album version, and the 7" Edit of the song, this versions were mixed by Shelly Yakus and Steve McMillan. The other two are the Extended Mix and the edit of this mix, called the Kamikazee mix, the later included on Carlisle's "Vision of You" CD single, Jason Corsaro made these two mixes.

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Peter Care.[2]


The US/Canada 7" B-side is "Shades Of Michael Angelo" (LP Version) 5:52

Track listing[edit]

CD single

  1. "Leave a Light On"
  2. "Shades of Michaelangelo"
  3. "Leave a Light On" (Extended Mix)

US and Canada 7" single[3][4]

  1. "Leave a Light On" — 4:15
  2. "Shades of Michaelangelo" — 5:46

12" maxi

  1. "Leave a Light On" (Extended Mix) — 8:05
  2. "Leave a Light On" (7" Version) — 4:15
  3. "Shades of Michaelangelo" — 5:46


Charts and certifications[edit]

Cover versions[edit]

Grant & Forsyth (nl) recorded "Leave a Light On" as part of a medley on their 1990 album Country Love Songs.

A eurotrance cover version of the song by Dream Factory featuring Jessica Palmer was released in 2007.

A Hi-NRG version of "Leave a Light On" was recorded in 2013 by Nicki French.

In 2013, retro synthpop producer/remixer Yisraelee produced a cover version of the track.[27]

In 2016, South African 4 piece band 4Werke (4Warm) released a cover version on their self-titled album. [28]


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  26. ^ "British single certifications – Belinda Carlisle – Leave a Light On". British Phonographic Industry. Select singles in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Type Leave a Light On in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  27. ^ Soundcloud: Yisraelee - Leave a Light On (Retrographic Instrumental)
  28. ^ https://www.amazon.com/Leave-Light-Me/dp/B01D5DZ9S6